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A digital media literacy intervention increases discernment between mainstream and false news in the United States and India

By Andrew M. Guess, Michael Lerner, Benjamin Lyons, Jacob M. Montgomery, Brendan Nyhan, Jason Reifler, and Neelanjan Sircar, for PNAS Read PDF here. PNAS first published June 22, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.192049811 Edited by David G. Rand, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and accepted by Editorial Board Member Margaret Levi April 28, 2020 (received for review November 20, 2019) Significance Few people are prepared to effectively navigate the online information environment. This global deficit in digital media literacy has

Four experts investigate how the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory began

By Wasim Ahmed, Joseph Downing, Marc Tuters, Peter Knight, for The Conversation In times of crisis conspiracy theories can spread as fast as a virus. As the coronavirus pandemic tightened its grip on a world which struggled to comprehend the enormity of the situation it was facing, darker forces were concocting their own narratives. Scientists and researchers were working – and continue to work – around the clock for answers.

New study looks at the role of pro-Kremlin bots in spreading disinformation about COVID-19

By NATO StratCom COE Download publication file (8.83 MB) New quarterly Robotrolling report has been published, delving into the role of pro-Kremlin bots in spreading disinformation about COVID-19 throughout March. In our analysis, we identify striking differences between how bots engaged with COVID-19 in the Russian- and English-language information spaces. Bot activity this quarter fixated on the global COVID-19 pandemic, with conversations about the virus captured by our dataset peaking in March. Pro-Kremlin social

New reports focus on Western Balkan information environment

By NATO StratCom COE We have published three new reports with a focus on Russia’s footprint in the Western Balkan information environment. The scope of analysis is Russia’s activities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. “Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Western Balkans” (Rufin Zamfir, Global Focus Center) identifies the risks and vulnerabilities hostile actors can exploit to gain influence over countries in the Western Balkan region. Based

Americans struggle to navigate COVID-19 “infodemic”

By JEJeffrey M.Jones, for Knight Foundation The novel coronavirus pandemic has spawned what the World Health Organization is calling an “infodemic,” an overabundance of information — some of it false — about COVID-19. Americans divide evenly over whether it is harder or easier to be well-informed about the coronavirus because of easy access to a wide variety of information sources. Fifty-eight percent believe they are well-informed about the virus. Separately, 36%

Operational security and personal resilience: An overview of the Eastern Neighborhood

Published by European Values Handbook on Cyber, Information, Intelligence and Personal Security Threatsfrom Foreign Authoritarian Regimes, Domestic Oppression, and Harassment. Read PDF Introduction This report follows a year of cooperation between civil society organizations (CSO) and think-tanks from Central Europe and the Eastern Neighborhood (EN). It is one part of the Project on Enhancing and Sharing Lessons Learnt in Resilience and Self-Protection, which evaluates the capability of civil society in

Armenia: Detecting propaganda and fake news – III monitoring report

The monitoring is done by the team and experts of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. Full version of the Report is available: https://bit.ly/2RvLzoR Within the period from November 1 to December 1, 2019, the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation Non-Governmental Organization conducted monitoring of the selected talk shows, newspapers, electronic periodicals of both Russian and Armenian mass media to examine

Types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation

By Dr. J. Scott Brennen, Felix Simon, Dr Philip N. Howard, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, for Reuters Institute Download a PDF version here Key findings In this factsheet we identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far. We analyse a sample of 225 pieces of misinformation rated false or misleading by fact-checkers and published in English between January and the end of March

People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more

By Hanaa Tameez, for NiemanLab The coronavirus pandemic continues to throw salt in the wound we journalists have about the public’s trust in news. The communications firm Edelman published a special edition of its annual Trust Barometer Report that highlights the role that the private sector must play in informing people about the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, the study also underscores the public’s conflicting views of the news media. From CEO

It’s not just the content, it’s the business model: democracy’s online speech challenge

A Report from Ranking Digital Rights By Nathalie Maréchal, Ellery Roberts Biddle, for Open Technology Institute Download PDF Abstract This report, the first in a two-part series, articulates the connection between surveillance-based business models and the health of democracy. Drawing from Ranking Digital Rights’s extensive research on corporate policies and digital rights, we examine two overarching types of algorithms, give examples of how these technologies are used both to propagate and prohibit

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